RAAF Base Tindal

Royal Australian Air Force's Base Tindal is 15kms outside Katherine and 320kms by road south-east of Darwin in the Northern Territory. Although the airfield was constructed in 1942, it is the Air Force's youngest operational base (excepting bare bases) and one of Australia's most important defence installations.

Originally known as Carson's Airfield during World War II, over the years it has been upgraded and extended for commercial use. In 1984, the government decided to establish an operational Air Force base at Tindal. The physical security it enjoys is due to its long distance from the coast, making it unlikely it will be swept away by a cyclone. Tindal officially opened on 1 October 1988 and is now the home of:

  • No 17 Squadron (including Delamere Air Weapons Range)
  • No 2 Security Force Detachment Tindal
  • No 2 Squadron Detachment Tindal
  • No 28 Squadron Detachment Tindal
  • No 3 Control and Reporting Unit Detachment Tindal
  • No 452 Squadron Tindal Flight
  • No 75 Squadron
  • Chief Information Officer Group - Communications Security Tindal
  • Defence Community Organisation
  • Defence Support Reform Group - Base Support Tindal
  • Tindal Health Centre
  • No 2 Expeditionary Health Squadron Detachment Tindal
  • Joint Health Unit – Northern Territory

The Army's North-West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) also has a detachment on the base.

RAAF Base Tindal is very much part of the Katherine community. Our personnel (including our families) make up almost 25% of Katherine's population of 10,000 people. RAAF Base Tindal's contribution to the local community includes such things as flood relief, Defence aid to the civil community and the use of some of the base sporting facilities. Tindal personnel have always shown a keen interest in supporting local sports, and they account for a large number of administrators and competitors. The people of Katherine are also extremely supportive of the base and its personnel and the close relationship is a feature of a posting to Tindal.

When flying, Air Force pilots and crews operate the aircraft in a way that minimises aircraft noise. Air Force has an honest and open approach about the noise experienced by residents living near our bases and training areas. Detailed information about aircraft noise, including Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) maps, is available at the Defence Aircraft Noise website or contact 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362).

To view major training exercises and flying activities see www.airforce.gov.au/flyingoperations